Leading up to and since the release of his new album Purpose, Justin Bieber has become quite the unlikely evangelist. The A-List star has been sharing his spiritual journey with the world and exposing the mainstream media to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In a recent L.A. Times review, the headline of Bieber's new tour read, "How Justin Bieber turned Staples Center into a megachurch."
The reviewer described his experience at the Justin Bieber: Purpose World Tour as a pop concert - movie premiere - skateboarding demonstration and a church service. He said the multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles was transformed as the 21-year-old singer sung through some of his older and newer hits.
To some it was probably no surprise because God has been the center of Bieber's conversations lately, but the journalist did not expect to hear about the singers deep love for Jesus at the sold-out venue. "Between the skateboarding and the singing, though, Bieber sat on a stool next to Judah Smith, the man described as his pastor, and more or less preached," L.A. Times reporter Mikael Wood wrote. more >>
The "Stop Bullying Christians Now" campaign in Toronto over the weekend brought together hundreds of protesters who stood up against the city's decision to ban a Christian music group from performing at a public square.
The campaign posted a thank you message to all of its supporters on its Facebook page, that read:
"We would like to thank each and every person for being at the rally and ask you to please support the movement of Christian Positive Space, the cause of Voices of the Nations, and Christ's Forgiveness Ministries as they continue to set up Gospel booths around the city. Please also support your local church and your pastor's who are standing for the Gospel daily." more >>
12 million viewers recently watched "The Voice" contestant Jordan Smith perform one of the most popular hymns in the Christian faith, "Great is Thy Faithfulness," according to Nielsen ratings. The unforgettable performance garnered the singer the top spot on iTunes, beating out some of today's most popular artists.
The Kentucky native, now one of the final contestants on the 9th season of "The Voice," decided to showcase a song that hits close to home. Smith is a senior at the Pentecostal college, Church of God's Lee University, where he is part of the music ensemble Lee Singers.
He has publicly credited his musical accomplishment to the training he received at Lee University. In addition to the Lee Singers, Smith was also director of Second Edition, a six-voice ensemble with band, and an active member of the worship team that leads campus chapel services. more >>
The advertisement titled "Just Pray," which features Christians reciting the Lord's Prayer, was banned by top British cinemas because of its religious theme.
"Just Pray," which shows Christians from different backgrounds reciting the Lord's Prayer, was targeted to be shown next month before "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" plays. But the Digital Cinema Media (DCM) agency rejected the 60-second ad because it could offend viewers with other religion, according to The Blaze.
DCM is the body responsible for booking advertisements for 80 percent of the cinemas in the United Kingdom. In a statement cited by BBC, the agency explained that they block all politically and religiously themed ads and "Just Pray" is no exception, CNN reports. more >>
Atheist professor and author Richard Dawkins has spoken out against the U.K.'s leading cinema chains refusing to screen a Church of England ad about the Lord's Prayer.
Dawkins said that there is nothing offensive about the 60-second ad, which promote the popular Christian prayer, and said that the fear that some might be offended should not have stopped cinema chains from accepting the ad.
The Guardian reported that Dawkins deleted an initial tweet on the issue after realizing it was a matter of commercial judgment rather than freedom of speech, as the U.K. government is not involved in the debate, but also clarified: more >>
The Church of England has warned of a "chilling" effect on free speech, after leading U.K. cinemas refused to show an ad for the Lord's Prayer, citing it could offend people of other faiths or no faith.
"This advert is about as offensive as a carol service or church service on Christmas Day," The Most Rev. Justin Welby said, according to BBC News.
"Let the public judge for themselves rather than be censored or dictated to," he added. more >>